Geriatric Psychology / GeropsychologyGeriatric psychology or geropsychology is a specialty within clinical psychology dealing with issues related to older adults. Geriatric psychologists, also called geropsychologists, may work with individuals or in group settings such as nursing homes to provide counseling and services related to the later years of life. Such issues may include bereavement, loss of independence, depression, anxiety and health-related issues. They may also diagnose and assess cognitive affects of aging including dementia.
Because it is an emerging field, specific programs and certification in geropsychology are often unavailable. However, geriatric psychologists hold undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in clinical psychology, have completed a supervised internship and specialized training working with geriatric populations. They must also pass a state examination to be certified as a clinical or geriatric psychologist.